and welcome to the forum!
TheBucks wrote:Hi, proud new owner of a Vigilant 1(short doors) here. I've been searching the net for parts & info on my new purchase. It is set up for wood & I have a few questions for someone a little more knowledgeable. Mine has a rack inside for the wood to sit on, something you would have in a fireplace, Is this needed or should the fire be made on the floor of the stove? I haven't noticed this in others.
I'm not too familiar with the Vigilant I but there are others on this forum that will be able to answer. If you could post some pictures of the inside of the stove showing the "rack inside for the wood to sit on" it would be helpful. There are grates in the bottom of my stove that move back and forth that are essential for coal burning. You can see them in the Small Fire in Vigilant II
video I've got linked at the bottom of my signature block. Could the grates be what you are referring to? Do the ribs of the rack move independently? It's possible that with a used stove the PO placed a small fire place grate inside but the stove as designed by VC does not need it. Pictures will tell us
TheBucks wrote:The other question is about a missing part. It appears there should be a cover held on by a screw where the opening for the primary air tube is. According to an exploded view I found it is called a secondary air cover. Is this a part that should be in place for the stove to operate, operate correctly, only needed for wood, coal etc ...? Is this something I can make from a piece of steel & bolt in place or do I need the original part for some reason ? Thanks for your time, Steve.
Try this link http://nepacrossroads.com/about12333-15.html#p134663
It will take you to another thread that I've posted pictures on. The first picture is of the open secondary air inlet that allows fresh O2 to mix with the smoke of a wood fire when burning wood in airtight mode. It's shown in the open position. One would slide the "frying pan" cover over the hole to regulate the amount of air when burning wood or close it completely for coal fires. All you really need to control this port is what you described as long as you don't mind the appearance. There's a small spring behind the attaching bolt's head to keep inward tension on the cover plate. Also, the side of the thermostatically controlled primary air flap can be seen just below the heat shield stand-off stud. It's open at about he same angle as the frying pan cover is at in this picture.
Send us some pictures!. "We love pictures!"